Steptoe Battlefield is a four-acre, day-use park in Rosalia. This is the site on May 17, 1858, where Lt. Col. E.J. Steptoe led 159 American soldiers in a running fight with a large band of Spokane, Palouse and Coeur D'Alene Native Americans. The American soldiers beat off a series of attacks until night halted the battle. With ammunition almost gone and facing disaster, Lt. Col. Steptoe and his men retreated with their wounded and under the cover of darkness to Fort Walla Walla.
Trail is the former Milwaukee Railroad roadbed and is compacted ballast rock with little grade, good for mountain bikes as well as walking and hiking. The area I hike is west of Pine City and east of the town of Malden and follows Pine Creek. Deer, coyotes, ground hogs and badgers may be seen but be alert for rattlesnakes that may be in the rocks during the summer.